HealthLeaders Media IT - August 12, 2008 | What’s Holding Telemedicine Back?
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What's Holding Telemedicine Back? Kathryn Mackenzie, Technology Editor

There has been a lot of news recently about the increased use (and future growth) of telemedicine. One report predicts the market for telemedicine devices and services will reach nearly $2 billion in less than five years. But despite all of the reported benefits associated with practicing telemedicine, there are still major obstacles that have prevented adoption of this technology. [Read More]
August 12, 2008  
Editor's Picks
Medicare to launch online personal health records pilot program
The nation's biggest payer is expanding access to online records in Arizona and Utah beginning in January. Under the program, Medicare beneficiaries will have the ability to add information to their Personal Health Records and share them with physicians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers. The PHRs will include as much as two years of Medicare data. We've heard a lot about PHRs in the news lately, and as major players like Google, Microsoft, and the government make increasing headway into the market, you can be sure we'll continue to be bombarded with news about it. [Read More]

Massachusetts requires physicians learn to use EHRs by 2015
Doctors in Massachusetts will have to prove they understand how to use CPOE, e-prescribing, and EHRs by 2015 in order to become licensed in the state. The new law also requires hospitals and community health centers to implement CPOE as a licensing requirement, beginning in 2012. [Read More]

Medical records of 1,200 patients go missing in Texas
Data security entered the news again this week after a hospital district administrator in Texas downloaded—and then lost—medical and financial records for 1,200 patients. It's unclear whether the three flash drives that contain the confidential information were lost or stolen, but district officials are scrambling to do damage control by offering patients affected by the breach the chance to enroll in a credit protection program at the district's expense. [Read More]

Hospitals using technology for comfort
This story out of Chicago caught my attention because it demonstrates how hospitals can use technology to increase patient comfort and reduce the fear associated with certain procedures. For example, one hospital uses an ambient CT scan to comfort children undergoing the procedure by bathing the room in a warm light, and projecting cartoons on the walls. Another hospital gives patients enduring painful skin grafts access to a virtual reality game built to distract them from their discomfort. [Read More]
Tech Headlines
Study: Hospitals are underusing cardiac devices
Bloomberg News/Boston Globe - August 12, 2008

Robot delivers meals at Boynton Beach, FL, hospital
South Florida Sun-Sentinel - August 11, 2008

Doctor campaigns for iPhone drug application
San Francisco Chronicle - August 11, 2008

Indianapolis-based system tries to improve healthcare with a card
Indianapolis Star - August 8, 2008
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Philips enters handheld ultrasound market

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